Bakayoko: Kante not better than me

Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has insisted that club teammate N’Golo Kante is ‘no better than him’. Bakayoko, 23, impressed during Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester United before the international break, but was not included in Didier Deschamps’s latest France squad. It is thought that the former AS Monaco attacker faces a battle to make the France squad for the 2018 World Cup, but Bakayoko has claimed that he is ‘just as good’ as the players currently ahead of him in the pecking order, including Kante. “I am disappointed. I believe…

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Udeze rates Aina high, tasks Ezenwa on aerial duels

EX-Nigeria international, Ifeanyi Udeze, has applauded the performance of Super Eagles defender Ola Aina after the left back made his first start for Nigeria in a World Cup qualifier against Algeria over the weekend in Constantine. The former West Bromwich Albion of England defender, who spoke to brila.net said the Hull City star did well against the Algerians. Udeze, who was a member of the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup under Coach Adegboye Onigbinde was however in short of words when asked about the goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa. “Ezenwa is a good…

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Folarin emerges 2017 king of console

Teluwo Folarin, an undergraduate of University of Lagos, at the weekend emerged the winner of the second edition of the Bet9ja sponsored king of the console gaming event. The heavy downpour on Sunday didn’t diminish the enthusiasm of the gamers, fans and passerby as they all trooped out in their numbers to be part of the event. Folarin defeated Efe 1-0 in the final, as they both threw friendship away and fought for the ultimate prize of N150,000. After three rounds of knock out games, it was down to four…

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Island Club Sports Week begins with Tennis

The Sports Week of the Island Club began on Monday as the weeklong event which will come to an end on Friday was heralded with a game of tennis. Speaking a press conference to announce the event, the Chairman, Games and Sports/ Gym and Sauna Sub-committee of the Island Club, Demol Mumuney, said the Sports Week was planned to enable members of the club to socialise and engage in sporting activities to keep fit. The competition, which has First Bank and Cadbury as major sponsors, will have members competing for…

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Kwesé free sports to Air Argentina v Nigeria Friendly

Kwesé Free Sports will on Tuesday 14 November air the international friendly match between Nigeria and Argentina at Krasnodar, Russia. The match which kicks-off at 5.30pm local time is exclusive to the free-to-air (FTA) TV channel, Kwesé Free Sports.   This friendly match against Argentina comes after the Super Eagles of Nigeria wrapped-up the qualifying series with a 1 – 1 draw against Algeria on Friday.   The Kwesé Free Sports TV channel which holds exclusive FTA rights for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia for sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa, will bring this international friendly to its audience for…

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Balogun dedicates Eagles’ success to Ikeme

SV Mainz of Germany defender, Leon Balogun, has dedicated his day of honour and pride as Super Eagles’ captain for the first time to the ailing goalkeeper of the team Carl Ikeme. With Ikeme still battling to recover fully from leukemia which kept him out of the Eagles’ last four matches in the World Cup qualifiers, Balogun said the shot-stopper must not be forgotten in the aftermath of Nigeria’s unbeaten run to the Mundial. “Proud to have captained my country today and remain unbeaten at @FIFAWorldCup qualifiers. The road to…

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WORLD CUP TICKET: Rohr hails NFF, eyes solid preparations

…as Brian Idowu joins Eagles     Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has praised the Nigeria Football Federation for the excellent handling of the Super Eagles’ 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. Not only were the three –time African champions emerged unbeaten in what was styled ‘Group of Death’, the Eagles picked the ultimate prize in that group with a game to spare, becoming Africa’s first candidate for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia in the process. “For sure, we must commend the NFF for the role they played right from…

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Ola Aina: Eagles will shock the world

Super Eagles defender, Ola Aina, is optimistic of the chances of Nigeria making a good impact at the Russia 2018 World Cup. Aina, a Chelsea FC of England player, made his first start for the Super Eagles against Algeria in Constantine only on Friday. The world Cup qualifying match, the last in the series, ended 1-1. He said there were great talents in the team and the feat achieved on Friday without some of the key players was an indication of what the side could do with its full complement.…

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Gabonese referee defends Algeria’s penalty

Gabonese referee Eric Otogo- Castane has explained why he awarded a controversial penalty to Algeria during the last World Cup qualifier against Nigeria in Constantine. Algeria forced Nigeria to a 1-1 draw thanks to a late penalty awarded to the Fennecs when Shehu Abdullahi was adjudged to have fouled Algerian winger Yacine Brahaimi in the box. However replays suggest the defender didn’t do much to warrant a penalty to be awarded against him, but referee Otogo-Castane explained to some Nigerian officials the reason behind the harsh spot kick awarded to…

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Zenith/Delta Principal Cup: Schools battle for zonal tickets

   …Oshilimi South LG winner emerges   The Season 2 of the Zenith Banksponsored Delta State Principals’ Cup has engaged many of the young ones in the state in the past three weeks. On Friday, the first qualifier for the next stage of the competition emerged from Oshimili South Local Government as officials forwarded Osa Dennis Secondary School as the qualify team from the LG. Osa Dennis, in the deciding match at the weekend, defeated West End Secondary School 1-0 courtesy of a penalty goal converted just 10 minutes to…

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